This week, Lovett’s beloved Opening Chapel service marked the start of the 97th year with tradition and observance.
Students, along with teachers, staff, parents, and other members of the community marked the beginning of this year’s Opening Chapel with a much-loved rite of passage: a procession of excited new kindergarteners walking hand-in-hand with seniors. The procession into the Wallace Gymnasium also included the familiar class signs for every grade, from the Class of 2023 (carried by Jack Ghegan) all the way up to the Class of 2035, carried by Jayce H.
As is customary, Opening Chapel incorporated the singing of the hymn “This is the Day” as well as “The Lovett Hymn,” along with the Pledge of Allegiance, Lovett’s Character Pledge, readings from the Old and New Testaments, prayers for the community and The Lord’s Prayer. Reverend Steve Allen welcomed the crowd and delivered the invocation, and the music was provided by the Lovett Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tim Pitchford.
Inspired by the service’s Bible readings, Head of School Meredyth Cole spoke on a topic central to the Lovett experience: Unity. She pointed out that the only thing everyone seated in the gym had completely in common was a community identity — everyone was part of Lovett. She explained further that this community bond is an identity that thousands of others who came before us, and will come after us, share. It is what brings all of us together. For almost a century, people have invested a huge amount of time, effort, and treasure in Lovett. Year after year, graduates 10, 20, 40, even 60+ years out stay connected to Lovett — they are proud of that piece of their identity.
Mrs. Cole went on to say that “when we act with integrity, kindness, curiosity, and love, we are doing our part in keeping Lovett strong. Protecting our unity, protecting our Lovett pride. Our New and Old Testament verses remind us of unity's power, the power of being joined together, and that unity is only as strong as the good we put into it.” With this charge, Mrs. Cole officially opened the 2022-23 school year here on the Riverbank.